Avios Group has announced that its South African programme is closing on 31st May 2019.
As with the closure of Avios Travel Rewards Programme in the UK, members are being encouraged to open a British Airways Executive Club account and transfer their balance. Members will also be able to transfer points to Kulula, the South African low cost carrier, and use them for a discount on a future flight.
This appears to be a messier process than the closure of the UK scheme. Whilst the UK scheme was almost a straight transfer to BAEC with few partner losses, South African residents are losing virtually all of their collection opportunities. Partnerships including BP South Africa and the Pick n Pay supermarket chain, as well as the Avios credit card in SA, are being wound down.
It isn’t clear if there will still be any way of collecting Avios via Kulula flights in South Africa after 31st May.
You can find out more details on the Avios South Africa site here.
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